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JUSTIN KELLY — Portfolio Diversification 101: Why It’s Important To Diversify Your Investments

“Diversification” is probably one of the first terms you see whenever you read about strategies for smart investing. But are you clear on exactly what it means to have a diversified portfolio and why you should care? Diversification Defined Diversifying your investments simply means making sure all of your money isn’t in just one financial “basket”. Instead of investing in ...

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ALAN TURNER — BCI: Keeping a sharp eye on the future of technology

Recently, I talked with Jonathan Hollingshead, President of BCI, a technology firm headquartered in Ridgeland. We talked about the accelerating pace of technology in Mississippi and in the U.S. in general, and he offered some interesting insights on what the coming years will bring. Jonathan became president of BCI in February 2018, having previously worked for the company from 2011-2013. ...

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ROSS REILY: EPA should have historical background of Delta

If you first listen to environmentalists and the Environmental Protection Agency as to why they are opposed to the Yazoo Backwater project, they make a pretty compelling argument. The EPA has said the project would have incurred “unacceptable damage to these valuable resources that are used for wildlife, economic and recreational purposes.” In an interview I did with a representative ...

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Weir Group’s Newton foundry plans expansion that will add 150 high skill jobs

By BECKY GILLETTE Mississippi political and economic leaders have targeted new high skill jobs as a top priority for helping not only individual workers, but the state’s economy. And the state is getting just that with the expansion of the Newton foundry, which is the largest manufacturing facility in the ESCO division of the Scotland-based Weir Group. The Newton foundry ...

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TODD SMITH — Writing mistakes, words & phrases to avoid for clearer communications

Bad writing can sink your brand and wreck your reputation! Professional writing coaches from across the country recently shared the biggest mistakes they encounter, and tips on how to avoid them with Fast Company. Writing inappropriately for the audience is a frequent pitfall, Wilma Davidson, author of the book “Business Writing: What Works, What Won’t,” said. Scolding readers or failing ...

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Turner appointed to technician at TEC

TEC announced the appointment of William Turner as Technician at TEC in Bradford, Tenn. Turner will be responsible for the installation and repair of company products and services. Turner resides in Greenfield, Tenn., with his wife, April and son, Blaine.

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Brock to serve on Mississippi Young Bankers Council

Oxford banker Lucius Brock has been elected to the Executive Council of the Mississippi Young Bankers, a section of the Mississippi Bankers Association. Since 1950, Mississippi Young Bankers has been active in providing leadership development activities, supporting financial literacy programs of the MBA and its member banks. MYB members are involved in administering scholarship programs for high school and college ...

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McNeal recognized at Ameriprise Financial

Eddie McNeal, CFP, CRPC, a Private Wealth Advisor with Wellspire Financial Group, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. in Starkville, has qualified for the company’s Circle of Success annual recognition program and will be honored for this achievement this year. McNeale has 30 years’ experience with Ameriprise Financial.

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Bill passes to cut suits against Mississippi property owners

A bill that would make it harder for people to sue Mississippi property owners for some injuries is headed to Gov. Phil Bryant for his signature or veto. The state Senate on Tuesday voted 31-21 to concur with changes that the House made to Senate Bill 2901 . The measure, known as the Landowners Protection Act, has been a top ...

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Foundation gives Jackson $1.2M to aid prekindergarten

A foundation is giving the city of Jackson $1.2 million to study and improve prekindergarten programs. The Clarion Ledger reports Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba on Monday announced the grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Lumumba wants to eventually offer prekindergarten to all Jackson children. Chief Administrative Officer Robert Blaine says the grant is meant as a step toward that goal, ...

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